DFT @ Home | Collective (Colectiv)

(Romania/Luxembourg/2019—directed by Alexander Nanau)

What begins as a seeming exposé into a tragic accident turns into something far more shocking in this revelatory, gripping new documentary about the consequences of governmental corruption. In 2015, a devastating fire broke out at the Bucharest nightclub Colectiv, immediately killing 27 people; in the following weeks, nearly 40 more people who had suffered burns and other injuries continued to die in their hospital beds.

As newspaper journalists begin to investigate the causes of such a high fatality rate among the injured, they soon find that their search for truth leads to an increasing – and astonishing – torrent of malfeasance and lies, leading all the way from corrupt medical personnel to jaw-droppingly greedy pharmaceutical companies.

With remarkable access, director Alexander Nanau, together with the country’s journalists and a newly installed Minister of Health, reveals an undeniable trail of evidence in this universally relatable nonfiction thriller – a breathtaking documentary that uncovers the unfathomable depths of a corrupt government that would trade its citizens’ lives for personal profit and power. Official Selection, Sundance, Venice, Toronto, New York, San Francisco and NYC DOCS Film Festivals. In Romanian with English subtitles. (109 minutes)

“Absolutely brilliant. Hands down, the closest thing we saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to a full-on masterpiece.” -David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Every now and then a documentary doesn’t just open your eyes but tears you apart. This is truly a documentary for our times.” -Jay Weissberg, Variety

 

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